PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Alyssa Baron, the first freshman to lead the Ivies in scoring since 1978, became just the second University of Pennsylvania women's basketball player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Baron also garnered honorable mention All-Ivy status on Thursday as announced by the league office, and was one of three players unanimously selected to the All-Ivy Rookie Team.
"This is a tremendous honor for Alyssa and for our program," said second-year head coach Mike McLaughlin. "I'm proud of what this group accomplished this season, and Alyssa was obviously a huge part of our success. For the coaches in this league to recognize her accomplishments, it really is a great honor. In our efforts to continue to move in the right direction, we are hopeful for even bigger and better things for Alyssa and the team in the years to come."
Baron, who helped Penn to its largest single-season turnaround in program history, led the league in scoring at 16.6 points per game. She was the only player in the Ivy League with more than 400 points as she finished her first season with 464. The last time a first-year won the Ivy scoring title was Gail Koziara in 1978, but at that time, there wasn't a round-robin schedule and there were only six teams. The last Penn player to win a scoring title was Carrie Biemer (18.1 ppg) in 2008-09.
Baron also finished third in the Ivy League in minutes played (33.5 per game) and led the team in made field goals, made free throws, made threes, three-point percentage (seventh in the Ivy League) and was second in assists.
Baron led the league as a seven-time Ivy Rookie of the Week. Only four other players in league history have won the honor on more occasions. The Miami, Fla., native was also a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week and two-time Big 5 Player of the Week. She split ECAC Player of the Week honors with UConn's Maya Moore on Feb. 8.
On Feb. 5 at Harvard, Baron set the school record for a freshman with 38 points
in a game. That stands as the most points ever scored by an Ivy freshman in a league game and the second-most all-time by an Ivy freshman (Koziara had 43 against Holy Cross in 1978).
The only other Quaker to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors was the school's all-time leading scorer, Diana Caramanico in 1997-98.
Princeton senior Addie Micir was
named the Ivy League Player of the Year, while Princeton sophomore Lauren Polansky was the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year.
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